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Verizon’s newest LTE phone, the Droid Bionic, launches on Thursday for $299 with contract. Will Android enthusiasts pay the steep price? They might, based on the dual-core processor, high-resolution display, large amount of memory and 4G network support in addition to the laptop docking station.

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Verizon launched the Droid Bionic, another 4G LTE phone, on Wednesday, just a day before the handset will be available in stores. The Bionic, built by Motorola, complements 4G network support with a dual-core processor and a large, high-resolution touchscreen. Verizon will offer the Droid Bionic for a contract price of $299 starting on Sept. 8.

This high-end handset was shown off by Motorola back in January at the Consumer Electronics Show, where Sanjay Jha, Motorola’s CEO, said it would launch in the second quarter of 2011. That didn’t happen, but Android enthusiasts on Verizon’s network may forgive the carrier based on the hardware features and functions in the Bionic:

  • 1 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM
  • 4.3-inch qHD (960×540) touchscreen with antireflective coating
  • 32 GB of storage: 16 GB internal, 16 GB microSD card (included)
  • Google Android Gingerbread 2.3.4
  • 8 megapixel auto-focus rear camera supporting 1080p video recording
  • Front-facing camera for video chat over 4G, 3G or Wi-Fi networks

Similar to the Motorola Atrix that debuted earlier this year on AT&T’s network, Verizon will offer a lapdoc solution for the Bionic. The $300 accessory is an 11.6-inch notebook shell that is powered by the smartphone when docked. A $99 dock option charges the phone and pipes video to a connected HDTV.

Stay tuned for a first-look video and full review of the Droid Bionic; we have a review unit in-house and will follow up with more details and impressions of Verizon’s newest LTE smartphone.

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  1. I am a little disappointed by these specs, especially the processor. Sure, it will be quick, but a dual-core 1 GHz chip is almost a year old in the market. I was hoping for a little more, since there are now 1.4 and 1.5 GHz dual cores available.

    1. I hear you Jay. I won’t know the difference until I get my review unit delivered (it’s en route) but FWIW, Motorola opted for a dual core TI OMAP, so I’ll be curious to see if there’s any difference between that and the existing Tegra 2 chips used for many of the dual core handsets this year.

      1. The TI OMAPs are more advanced than the Tegra2. TI opted to include the NEON instruction set in their OMAP 4 series SoCs. (as did Apple with the A5 and Samsung in their Exynos) Nvidia decided not to include the NEON in Tegra2 to save die space, but it’ll be part of Kal-El quad cores (Tegra3).

        http://www.anandtech.com/show/4181/nvidias-project-kalel-quadcore-a9s-coming-to-smartphonestablets-this-year/2

    2. I agree but with all the batterty problems that all the other 4G phones were having with single core 1GHz processors I don’t see how the current phone could support a 1.5 GHz processor for long enough to consider it a wireless phone. the bionic has proved to have a big enough battery to last through the day. an extra .5 GHz isn’t going to make the phone better, what are you going to be doing where it would be worth it to have an extra .5 GHz and a battery life of 2 hours

  2. Obviously there have been many problems with this phone if it was delayed this long. I would stay away from this one.

  3. I want a Verizon Droid Bionic bay take. Give my now lon did you con

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